Walter Mazzarri speaks out following shock Watford sacking: I reached my target

Former Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri and Russian Leonid Slutsky have emerged as the early favourites to replace Walter Mazzarri at Watford

Six of the last seven watford bossess have been foreign, while the other, Billy McKinlay, is Scottish and only lasted two games in the dugout.

Silva is a free agent this summer after failing to keep Hull in the Premier League, which would have triggered an automatic 12-month extension to his £40,000-a-week deal.

He is out of contract at the end of the season and has been linked with a move away from Hull, with Watford - due to part company with manager Walter Mazzarri - reportedly interested.

The Hornets are searching for their ninth manager in just five years after Mazzarri's fate was sealed in a meeting with the club's board on Wednesday afternoon.

Watford's search for a new manager has taken a surprise twist with Leonid Slutsky the favourite to replace Walter Mazzarri, who is leaving the club after Sunday's televised clash with Man City.

"I need to talk a couple of times more with the chairman and we will see about the future". "In addition, we have been able to beat hard teams like Arsenal, Manchester United or Everton".

City are now third in the league table but could still finish outside the top-four if they drop points and if Arsenal win.

"We have had some problems, but we have met the target", said Mazzarri.

Slutsky, who has never managed outside of Russian Federation, is certainly an intriguing option for Watford who have steamed through a whopping eight managers in six years. It was a shame that right at our best, when everything was going well well, when we were seventh, we had an incredible accumulation of injuries. Now I would like to go to Spain, Portugal or any other destination that motivates me.

"When you leave here like this and it finishes, it is normal because I gave everything, I have been working 15 hours a day, every day, so I am very exhausted".

"It doesn't have to be a very big club, I would rather just have a project that I know is mine".

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